THE BEST LEMON BARS

A sweet shortbread crust is topped with a thick layer of luscious lemon filling, then dusted with powdered sugar for practically perfect lemon bars.

THE BEST LEMON BARS

INGREDIENTS
FOR THE CRUST:
  1. 3 sticks (3/4 lb.) butter, room temperature
  2. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  3. 3 cups flour
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt

FOR THE FILLING:
  1. 6 eggs, room temperature
  2. 3 cups granulated sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  4. 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  5. 1 cup flour
  6. Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

INSTRUCTIONS
  • Butter a 9 x 13 baking pan, then line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper. This is optional but will make removing the bars from the pan much easier.
  • Make the crust by creaming the butter, sugar and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour.
  • Using your hands, press the dough into the bottom of prepared pan. Chill the pan while the oven preheats to 350° degrees. Bake the crust for 12-15 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.